Very New Cake Maker/decorater

Baking By faithisabel Updated 26 Oct 2011 , 1:02am by JanH

faithisabel Posted 8 Oct 2011 , 4:01pm
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Hi all.
I've made cakes via box mixes before but I'm just wondering if a box mix will do for a birthday cake for my kids? I want to make MMF and use buttercream with some basic decorations. Are box mixes too crumbly for this sort of thing?
Any help/suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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JanH Posted 8 Oct 2011 , 7:30pm
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Yes, some members use straight cake mix, others use cake mix and add-ins, while others only scratch bake. Whatever you choose, if it works for you, it's all good! thumbs_up.gif

However, most straight cake mixes don't yield a lot a batter... To increase the batter yield and enhance the flavor, you might want to try some of the doctored cake mix recipes in the following thread:

http://cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-ftopict-605188-.html

Above super thread also has popular CC recipes for crusting American b/c's, fondant and so much more!

More doctored cake mix recipes:

http://cakecentral.com/recipes/enhanced-cake-mix/

http://cakecentral.com/recipes/enhanced-mix-recipe/

http://cakecentral.com/recipes/enhanced-cake-formula/

http://cakecentral.com/recipes/super-enhanced-cake-formula/

HTH

faithisabel Posted 8 Oct 2011 , 11:23pm
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Thanks so much! Every bit of advice helps.
I've made boxed mixes before and always find them crumbly. I attempted our daughters birthday cake last year and because it was so crumbly it was awful. Since both our children (our daughter will be 4 and our son will be 1) have the same birthday we're doing their party the same day so it's alot of work and I would really like for them to turn out. icon_smile.gif

carmijok Posted 8 Oct 2011 , 11:58pm
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Perhaps it is the mix you are using. Is it that way with all of them for you?
I always sift the cake mix first...very important. Also I freeze my cake layers and I think that has something to do with the texture improvement as well.
Let your cakes cool after baking and then wrap them tightly in Saran Wrap and freeze. I usually bake on Tuesday for weekend cakes. The bakery I worked for did that and they turn out moist and delicious without being crumbly.

Vista Posted 9 Oct 2011 , 12:21am
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I do a combination of scratch baking and box mixes. When I do box mixes I like to replace the water with milk and the oil with butter. Makes the cake more dense, perfect for carving, stacking, etc. Good luck!!

mudderteresa Posted 9 Oct 2011 , 12:34am
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i'm new as well and my aunt who decorates cake told me if i use box mix to add one pack of jello pudding of which ever flavor and one extra egg. this makes it thicker like pound cakes. it really works.

JanH Posted 9 Oct 2011 , 7:47am
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Quote:
Originally Posted by faithisabel

Thanks so much! Every bit of advice helps.
I've made boxed mixes before and always find them crumbly. ...




You're very welcome. icon_smile.gif

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HTH

faithisabel Posted 23 Oct 2011 , 2:00pm
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thanks for the replies everyone! they're party is in three weeks so I guess I better get testing some recipes before then so I don't have a disaster come party time.

kakeladi Posted 23 Oct 2011 , 2:13pm
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...........wondering if a box mix will do for a birthday cake for my kids?...........

WHY NOT?? Many of us have built great businesses using mixes. I have never had one be crumbly!
That sounds like you are not adding enough liquid or using an off brand of mix. I've been a die-hard Betty Crocker fan but they have recently changed their mix (reduced the amount) so things are a bit different now icon_sad.gif
Depending onn the size of the cake you need try my *original* WASC recipe: http://cakecentral.com/recipes/the-original-wasc-cake-recipe/
If you follow that recipe (read through the entier post for helpful hints) you certainly will NOT have a crumbly cake!

faithisabel Posted 24 Oct 2011 , 1:49pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by kakeladi

...........wondering if a box mix will do for a birthday cake for my kids?...........

WHY NOT?? Many of us have built great businesses using mixes. I have never had one be crumbly!
That sounds like you are not adding enough liquid or using an off brand of mix. I've been a die-hard Betty Crocker fan but they have recently changed their mix (reduced the amount) so things are a bit different now icon_sad.gif
Depending onn the size of the cake you need try my *original* WASC recipe: http://cakecentral.com/recipes/the-original-wasc-cake-recipe/
If you follow that recipe (read through the entier post for helpful hints) you certainly will NOT have a crumbly cake!




Thanks for the advice. I usually only use Betty Crocker as well & follow the directions to a tee but its usually always crumbly once cut into.
Our local grocery store uses pound cake for their cakes and it tastes so good and you usually never have to worry about it crumbling.

JanH Posted 26 Oct 2011 , 1:02am
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Originally Posted by faithisabel


Thanks for the advice. I usually only use Betty Crocker as well & follow the directions to a tee but its usually always crumbly once cut into.




If the cake is crumbly when eaten - not just when being cut, it's a mixing problem.

Or you're using a knife that isn't slicing through the cake layers but smooshing them together with blunt force (causing them to crumble apart at the cutting lines).

HTH

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